And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by th’ excuse,
As patches set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault
Than did the fault before it was so patched.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet
King John, Act 4, sc. 2, l. 30ff [Pembroke] (1596)
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